Dementia Action Week 2019
Let’s Start Talking!
This Dementia Action Week Jersey Alzheimer’s Association (JAA) are echoing the campaign launched by the UK Alzheimer’s Society to challenge misconceptions and show that people with dementia are still people – just start a conversation and find out!
Every three minutes someone in the UK develops dementia. Alzheimer’s Society’s research shows that many people are worried about ‘saying the wrong thing’ to people living with dementia. And despite almost all of us knowing someone affected, two-thirds of people living with dementia report feeling isolated and lonely.
Even in the later stages of dementia when having a conversation might become difficult, keeping in touch means a lot. Seeing friends and loved ones brings feelings of happiness and comfort, and the ‘emotional memory’ remains with people living with dementia long after the memory of the visit may have gone.
That’s why this Dementia Action Week, JAA are encouraging everyone to take action by starting a conversation with someone living with dementia they know; whether it’s calling a relative with dementia or visiting a neighbour, it’s time to start talking.
'Don’t be afraid. All it takes is a conversation to see we’re still us.’
Over the next week JAA has a busy schedule of events and activities aimed at raising awareness across the island. We are proud to deliver the Dementia Friends Programme and urge islanders to sign up to attend one of our 45 minute awareness sessions to learn more what it is like to live with dementia and how to turn that understanding into action.